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May 19, 2015

Epic sushi that comes with a view

The first thing one notices when walking into Gokoku Sushi at Koko Marina is the décor. Bathed in subtle light, the quiet restaurant features dark woods, deep reds, plush furniture and a sushi bar overlooking the marina harbor. It is, without question, one of the most beautiful Japanese restaurants on Oahu. Matching the ambience created…

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A feast for all senses

Step foot inside Nice Day Chinese Seafood Restaurant and spend a moment taking it all in. Hands in motion lift long noodles out of steaming broths. A portable cook top hisses as one of the restaurant’s servers puts the final sear on dumplings table-side. Stacks of dim sum-filled baskets emanate enticing aromas. The lively atmosphere…

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Sea to table, food court-style

Who can resist the aromas of garlic, tender clams and grilled bread slathered with garlic butter? At Blue Water Shrimp & Seafood Market in the Ala Moana Center food court, Bowl of Fresh Clams with Garlic Bread ($11.95), simmered with diced tomatoes and capers, delivers with over a dozen clams. “It’s one of the few…

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April 19, 2015

Mahi mahi is a prized catch at Wailana

When Wailana Coffee House general manager Kenton Tom goes fishing, what he always hopes to land is a mahi mahi at the end of his hook. The fish’s large, moist flakes and delicate, sweet flavor make the effort of nabbing one well worth it. The Hawaiians named them “very strong” for good reason. As soon…

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April 12, 2015

Filling up on kimbap

Sheets of dried seaweed stuffed with rice and thin slices of vegetables rolled up as a handy snack. Ever heard of it? No, it’s not sushi. And while its roots stem back to Japan, kimbap is purely Korean. A haven for traditional Korean fare, Million Restaurant pays homage to the popular Seoul street food with…

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April 5, 2015

Getting ‘pi’ on life

Did you miss out on the chance to party it up on Pi Day this year? You know, Pi Day, March 14, the day to reflect on the mathematical constant (approximated as 3.14) by celebrating all things circular? It’s a day to pay homage to pie, cookies, cupcakes, pancakes and, well, you get the picture….

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March 29, 2015

The beauty of Japanese cuisine

With a combination of outdoor seating and chic interior, including a large bar, Sakura Terrace Japanese Cafe offers patrons the best of both worlds, casual pau hana haunt and special date night destination. So grab a drink — from sweet and savory cocktails to sake samplers — and take a look at the enticing menu….

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March 23, 2015

Farm to table, Italian style

Eating local isn’t about hugging trees or getting back to your flower child days. It’s simply about eating better. By default, locally grown ingredients are fresher and boast more nutrients than foods that are imported. Who can deny this about a vine-ripened tomato picked at its peak that only travelled 36 miles from the North…

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March 15, 2015

Make it Thai

There are new flavors to sample at Chao Phya Thai in Kaneohe’s Windward City Shopping Center. The longstanding Thai eatery has welcomed executive chef Guy Smith, who’s bringing in innovative ideas with a commitment to providing diners with cuisine that’s fresh, new and exciting — all while pushing the boundaries of Thai gastronome. To ensure…

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March 8, 2015

Dishing up Chinese-Cajun fusion

With tables covered in butcher paper and an entire paper towel roll available to patrons, Cajun King is just the place to stuff yourself silly with Louisiana-inspired seafood. Take a look around the Kaneohe locale, and you’ll see just that: customers rolling up their sleeves and prying out every last morsel from bountiful one-pot seafood…

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